'We are deeply honored to receive this recognition from CDP, which is an organization identified by global investors to have the most credible and beneficial sustainability reporting framework. The inclusion of ASE on the Climate A List is a strong endorsement of ASE and the team's efforts in reducing our carbon footprint while balancing business performance and increasing long term shareholder value,' says Jason Chang, Chairman and CEO of the ASE Group. 'As we continue to be an innovative player in advanced semiconductor technology that forms the backbone of today's electronic products, we remain committed to take the lead in creating a sustainable future that will reduce harm to humans and the environment, and to protect mother nature.'For more information on ASE's corporate sustainability, please click on link. http://www.aseglobal.com/en/Csr/ About CDP and CDP's Climate A List CDP is a not-for-profit organization that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. In October 2016, the organization released the first global report 'Out of the Starting Block' on behalf of 827 institutional investors representing more than $100 trillion in assets. The Climate A list details 193 companies that have excelled in the low-carbon movement and have an average carbon footprint around 80% lower compared to other firms. The report can be downloaded on CDP's website https://www.cdp.net/en/research/global-reports/tracking-climate-progress-2016. About The ASE Group The ASE Group is among the leading providers of independent semiconductor manufacturing services in assembly, test, materials and design manufacturing. As a global leader geared towards meeting the industry's ever growing needs for faster, smaller and higher performance chips, the Group develops and offers a wide portfolio of technology and solutions including IC test program design, front-end engineering test, wafer probe, wafer bump, substrate design and supply, wafer level package, flip chip, system-in-package, final test and electronic manufacturing services through Universal Scientific Industrial Co., Ltd. and its subsidiaries, members of the ASE Group. For more information about the ASE Group, visit www.aseglobal.com. Safe Harbor Notice This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements regarding our future results of operations and business prospects. Although these forward-looking statements, which may include statements regarding our future results of operations, financial condition or business prospects, are based on our own information and information from other sources we believe to be reliable, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release. The words "anticipate, "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan" and similar expressions, as they relate to us, are intended to identify these forward-looking statements in this press release. Our actual results of operations, financial condition or business prospects may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons, including risks associated with cyclicality and market conditions in the semiconductor or electronic industry; changes in our regulatory environment, including our ability to comply with new or stricter environmental regulations and to resolve environmental liabilities; demand for the outsourced semiconductor packaging, testing and electronic manufacturing services we offer and for such outsourced services generally; the highly competitive semiconductor or manufacturing industry we are involved in; our ability to introduce new technologies in order to remain competitive; international business activities; our business strategy; our future expansion plans and capital expenditures; the uncertainties as to whether we can complete the acquisition of 100% of Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. shares not otherwise owned by ASE; the strained relationship between the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China; general economic and political conditions; the recent global economic crisis; possible disruptions in commercial activities caused by natural or human-induced disasters; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; and other factors. For a discussion of these risks and other factors, please see the documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our 2015 Annual Report on Form 20-F filed on April 29, 2016.
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. (ASE, TAIEX:2311, NYSE:ASX), the leading provider of semiconductor assembly and test services, today announced that it has made the CDP's Climate A List for the first time. ASE is amongst 193 companies worldwide that was included in the list and also the only company from within the outsourced semiconductor manufacturing industry. Since 2009, ASE has been proactively responding to CDP's questionnaires on carbon output disclosures and transparency in climate mitigation plans and risks. In 2015, ASE signed on as a signatory to CDP's initiative 5.1. Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. According to the newly released CDP report 'Out of the Starting Block', the CDP's Climate A List comprises a strong set of companies who lead on climate change mitigation today and in the future. Approximately 6,000 companies worldwide were assessed in 2016 and these companies were ranked from A to F. Those ranked A, were included in the Climate A List. In the past year, ASE has shown significant improvements in promoting low carbon output as well as in the management of its greenhouse gas and carbon emissions. In 2015, ASE purchased a total of 7,200 MWh of 'accredited green electricity' sourced from renewable energy under the 'Green Power Pilot Program' by the Bureau of Energy, Taiwan. This purchase has resulted in a reduction of CO2 emission of about 3,754 metric tons equivalent to 312,000 trees planted. To further promote a low carbon environment, ASE has committed to construct all new buildings according to international green building standards. Since 2012, ASE has invested over $270 million in green buildings. As of today, 16 buildings at ASE are certified by EEWH and LEED, with another 14 buildings undergoing certification requirements. ASE is also playing its part in educating and supporting public initiatives on carbon footprint reduction by creating the ASE30 Environmental Conservation Fund. The fund was established to commemorate the company's 30th anniversary and to promote programs in support of environmental protection efforts in Taiwan. The company has committed to contributing NT$100 million (US$3 million) per year from the NT$3 billion (US$100 million) fund for the next 30 years.